Dundas Shopping Centre and Indoor Market is helping to tackle loneliness and social isolation among older people in Middlesbrough.

As part of its Community Programme, Dundas Indoor Market has linked up with Ageing Better Middlesbrough to host regular monthly events for people over 50 in Jean’s Kitchen, the café at the heart of the market.

The get-togethers take place on the third Wednesday morning of each month from 10am – 12pm and start with a chat over tea and cake.  They are designed to bring people together to encourage new friendships and re-kindle old acquaintances, as well as telling them about other social and physical activities run by Ageing Better Middlesbrough. The first event takes place on Wednesday 17 May.

“We had more than 40 people at our pilot event, sharing memories about their lives in Middlesbrough and we hope to get similar numbers at our monthly get-togethers,” says Dundas Market Manager David Harris.  “Everybody is welcome.”

Rebecca Hughes at Ageing Better Middlesbrough says: “We are very pleased to work with the Dundas Shopping Centre and Indoor Market as part of our mission to inspire people aged 50 and over to have a happy, healthy, active, and a more socially connected later life.”

Ageing Better Middlesbrough is a six year, £6 million Big  Lottery funded programme working to reduce loneliness and social isolation for people aged 50 and over in Middlesbrough. It is made up a partnership of several different organisations and projects that are working together to support and empower local older people.

Car parking is available in the 178-space Dundas Shopping Centre basement car park, accessed off Wilson Street.

Further information about this and other Ageing Better Middlesbrough events is available on tel. 01642 257034 or email. info@ageingbettermiddlesbrough.org.uk

All Dundas Shopping Centre shops offer value for money, from national brands like Boyes, B&M, Fulton Foods and Cooplands to well-known local independents like The Festival Shop, Tik Tok, Homefair Blinds, Buckshees Military Surplus and LD Printing.

Dundas Market is the only indoor market in Middlesbrough with more than 20 exciting and welcoming market stalls, including the world famous Auntie Ambas Sweets and Treats, the home of the Chocolate Shawarma, the award-winning Brickyard Bakery, hand-making artisan bread and cakes at affordable prices, and Danny’s Family Butchers, and everything from handbags to gladrags, furniture to fizzbombs, make ups to vapes, candles to mirrors and mobile phone and tablet repairs.